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 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Higher than projected enrollment yields more dollars for Petersburg schools

School board members unanimously approved an updated budget presented by Finance Director Karen Quitslund at Tuesday’s meeting, which included an additional $197,643 in revenue from the state, based on student enrollment. The budget was formulated... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Comprehensive Plan consultants complete first Petersburg visit

An update to the Borough’s Comprehensive Plan is in full swing after consultants arrived in town last week for the first of four scheduled visits with community members and the planning team. “We are in town really kicking off the process with... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Norwegian student calls Little Norway home for a year

Soon to be 17-year-old Rikke Sætermo from Alta, Norway has been adjusting to life in America, Alaska and Petersburg's Little Norway since she arrived to town in September as an exchange student with... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

Borough receives clean audit; ends 2014 in the black

Assembly members received a report on the Borough’s annual audit performed by BDO at last week’s regular meeting. BDO partner Michelle Drew informed the Assembly of the ins and outs of the fiscal year 2014 audit. “The audit received a clean...

 By Mary Koppes and Orin Pierson    Sports    December 18, 2014 

Lady Vikings open the season strong

The lady Vikings started the season strong with two wins at home against the Juneau-Douglas Crimson Bears last weekend. The Vikings topped the Bears 53-30 Friday night and 50-32 on Saturday. Coach Dino Brock said the girls' strong start gave them a...

 By Mary Koppes and Orin Pierson    Sports    December 18, 2014 

Petersburg boys battle hard but fall to Kayhi

The boys basketball team played hard in their season opener away against Ketchikan last weekend, but ultimately fell in both games to the 4A team. The Vikings are a young team this year with only...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 18, 2014 

School to replace, not repair, boiler

Petersburg Schools will be looking to replace their existing boiler rather than rehabilitate it, board member Cheryl File reported on behalf of maintenance director Dan Tate at Tuesday’s meeting. Tate was absent due to serving jury duty in Ketchika...

 By Mary Koppes    About Town    December 18, 2014 

Young talent continues holiday dance tradition

The Mitkof Dance Troupe (MDT) put on three performances of The Nutcracker to packed houses in Wright Auditorium last weekend. Some 141 dancers from toddlers to teens danced in the show, which has...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Assembly votes down local matches for capital projects; approves allocation of surplus to Property Development fund

Assembly members unanimously voted against a resolution to dedicate local funds to capital improvement projects pending the allocation of State funds by the Alaska legislature. Assembly member Bob... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Annual Pickled Herring Contest draws a hungry crowd

This year's Pickled Herring Contest held at the Sons of Norway Hall Wednesday evening was one of the biggest ever. Four tables showcased over a dozen entries apiece, each competing for the top prize... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Small crane headed south for repairs; tree cutting ordinance receives an update

The Assembly speedily approved two housekeeping matters at Monday’s regular meeting in addition to approving funds to ship a crane off for repairs after failing a recent OSHA inspection. Some $60,000 was allocated for the repairs to the small...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

To bid or not to bid?

Four parties expressed their opinions on the acquisition of land at Papke's Landing, which will go up for sale Dec. 15. The initial public comment period was held at Monday's regular Assembly...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Nature's palette: local artist dyes fibers with fungi

Petersburg resident Karen Dillman's studio is a split between a mad scientist's lab and a serious crafter's work space. There are jars filled with all manner of dried mushrooms and lichen and others...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 11, 2014

Borough sees bump in tourist-related tax revenues for 2014

Summer 2014 was a busy one for Petersburg, with tourists bringing more charter business to town and spending more on hotels and retail than the previous summer. This summer the Borough collected over $35,000 in sales taxes from charter businesses,...

 By Mary Koppes    Sports    December 11, 2014

Girls on the Run improvise 5k in the snow

Girls on the Run participants traded their running shoes for snow shoes after slick, icy roads prohibited the group of young runners from completing a scheduled 5k race on Saturday. "Mother nature...

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

Petersburg Mayor advises new governor

Petersburg Mayor Mark Jensen brought his fisheries knowledge to bear as a chosen member for new Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott's transition team. The team met Nov. 21-23 at a... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

Southeast gillnet and purse seine task forces meet in Petersburg

The Southeast Alaska Drift Gillnet and Purse Seine task forces met in Petersburg on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, to review the 2014 season and discuss the 2015 season. On Tuesday, Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) biologists from... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

Parade, tree lighting usher in holiday festivities

The fridge is full of leftovers and downtown is bright with Christmas lights and decorations, two sure signs the holiday season is underway in Petersburg. Friday evening kicked off with two... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    December 4, 2014

TAC members identify common ground in timber transition

Tongass Advisory Committee (TAC) members compiled work-group draft recommendations for the Tongass National Forest’s timber management plan amendment at their Nov. 19-21 meeting in Sitka. Present at the recent meeting was USDA Under Secretary of...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Assembly seeks input on possible bid for Papke's land

The Borough Assembly will be taking public comment on whether or not the Borough should bid on three land parcels near Papke’s Landing that will go up for public auction next month by the Alaska... Full story

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Assembly discusses local contributions to capital projects

At their next meeting on Dec. 8 the Assembly will vote on a resolution proposed by Bob Lynn to dedicate local funds to proposed capital improvement projects that are headed to the Alaska State Legislature at the next legislative session. Under the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Subcommittee to revamp draft ordinance to restrict herbicide use

After discussing a draft ordinance to restrict herbicide use within Borough boundaries at Monday’s regular meeting, the Assembly decided to task a revamping of the ordinance to a sub-committee. While the Assembly was primarily concerned about the...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Local writer publishes third book of poetry

Local poet Lee Ribich's first audience was his family members who received an original poem written by Ribich as an annual Christmas tradition. Those poems and others were eventually combined and...

 By Mary Koppes    News    November 27, 2014

Assembly appointments, approvals and discussions

Several appointments were made at Monday’s Assembly meeting to fill vacancies on various boards. Marlene Cushing, Kris Thynes and Erin Michael expressed interest in filling the two remaining vacancies on the hospital board. After a vote by the...

 By Mary Koppes and Dan Rud    Sports    November 27, 2014

Ragnarök Rollers skate Fall Brawl at Wrangell

The Ragnarök Rollers, Petersburg's roller derby team, bouted against Wrangell's Garnet Grit Betties Saturday evening at the Fall Brawl in Wrangell as some 260 spectators cheered on the skaters. "We...


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